I adore Valentine’s Day! I always have, I always will. Growing up my parents always gave us special treats and I have carried on the same tradition with my girls. This year I planned a special little mini party when they got home from school. They played a silly game of Cookie Tic-Tac-Toe, ate cupcakes and had lemonade. There was a frosting fight after-party, but sadly, I wasn’t invited. I wish I had gotten pictures of that! They were blue from head to toe!
When planning this little shindig, I wanted to center it around this adorable Tic-Tac-Toe cookie cutter set I got from the fab folks at Wilton! They were one of the sponsors of BASH (a wonderful, fun-filled blogging conference I went to in January….but we will get into that another time) and they were “sweet” enough to give me this cookie cutter set. It included a ginormous heart cutter, a mini heart cutter, and “x” & “o”cutters. Not only is it adorable, but my girls had so much fun playing Tic-Tac-Toe on it! They thought it was so funny!
Sweets for my Sweets:
I’m a baker, so it’s in my nature to make sweets….and when I say sweets, I mean A LOT of sweets! Valentine’s Day is NO exception! It’s a holiday based around candy and chocolate, after all! So I incorporated it ALL into this little party.
I found these sweet cupcake wrappers at my local craft store (also by Wilton)! My oldest hates pink but loves blue and these were a cute striped cupcake wrapper with blue, pink and red! They were perfect! I decorated the cupcakes using a 1M piping tip and teal blue gel coloring. I also made cute little pink heart cupcake toppers using Wilton Candy Melts in Bright Pink and their heart candy mould.
For the cookies I used the same color pallet. I made my basic sugar cookie dough and cut medium sized hearts and mini’s too (you can buy them here). I made my royal icing and colored it pink, red, teal and white. From there I kept it simple with 3 designs.
Once my base coat of icing was dry, I used a #1 tip to pipe my red lines first and let them dry. Then I layered white lines and pink.
After letting my pink icing dry completely, I added a thick pink outline to the cookie. While that icing was still wet I dipped the edges in the heart shaped sprinkles
These are the easiest cookie! I flooded the cookie with red icing and dropped a heart shaped sprinkle in the corner. Once it was dry I piped the word “love” on the other side. Easy-peasy!
It was a delightful afternoon! I loved watching their faces beam with joy when they found their surprise after school Valentine’s Day party! I guess I’d better start planning for next year!
Here are all the supplies I used:)